Cooke Optics appoints Andy Buckland as director of product management

Cooke Optics has announced the appointment of Andy Buckland to the newly created role of director of product management. Reporting directly to Tim Pugh, CEO, Buckland’s new role includes responsibility for developing Cooke’s product roadmap, including launching forums to enable the design and development team to engage more effectively with our diverse range of customers and users.   Buckland brings extensive experience from … Read more

Cooke Optics donates historic archive of original documents and photographs to AMPAS

Cooke Optics, the manufacturer of precision lenses for film and television, has transferred the Cooke Archives, an historic collection dating from 1886, to a new permanent home at the Margaret Herrick Library. The  library is the main repository of research materials of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, located in Beverly Hills, California. The Cooke Archives, which includes documents, photographs … Read more

Cooke Optics announces Iain Neil as new chief optics advisor

Cooke Optics has announced that multi-award-winning lens designer Iain Neil has accepted the role of chief optics advisor.  Neil will provide support for Cooke’s team of in-house lens designers and support the company’s plans to develop next-generation lenses that will keep Cooke at the forefront of the industry.  Neil is the recipient of 12 Academy … Read more

Jose Luis Bernal AEC chooses Cooke Anamorphic/i SF for second season of HIERRO

Following the worldwide success of its 2019 debut, the second season of HIERRO recently premiered on Movistar + in Spain, once again featuring the photography of cinematographer Jose Luis Bernal AEC who this time relied on Cooke Anamorphic/i SF (Special Flair) lenses to create a new look for the series. Created by brothers Pepe and … Read more

Filmmaker Dekel Berenson and DP Volodymyr Ivanov explore their creative collaboration on Anna

Israeli born British filmmaker Dekel Berenson is inspired by the stories of brave and determined women worldwide. Karen Pyudik finds out about his latest creation Anna and collaboration with Ukranian DP Volodymyr Ivanov. Dekel Berenson wanted to construct Anna out of the five stories connected thematically, with his creative analysis theme being individuals who experience … Read more

Cooke S7/i Full Frame Plus lenses add visual clarity to Behind Her Eyes

Cinematographer Felix Wiedemann, BSC chose Cooke Optics’ S7/i Full Frame Plus prime lenses to shoot Behind Her Eyes, a six-part mystery-drama for Netflix. Based on the eponymous novel by Sarah Pinborough, the story follows Louise, a single mum with a son and a part-time job in a psychiatrist’s office. Louise begins an affair with her … Read more

Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar with Cooke Anamorphic/i Special Flair Prime and Zoom Lenses

DP Toby Oliver, ACS (Australian Cinematographers Society) and director Josh Greenbaum selected Cooke Optics Anamorphic/i Standard and Special Flair (SF) prime and zoom lenses to tell the story of best friends Barb and Star who leave their small Midwestern town for the first time to go on vacation in Vista Del Mar, Florida, where they … Read more

Cinematographer Mark Patten BSC mixes and matches Cooke lenses from different eras on The Marksman

Robert Lorenz’s movie The Marksman debuted at No. 1 on release in the US and is a title that owes much of its look to DP Mark Patten’s choice of Cooke lenses. As such, it’s not unusual — Cooke Optics’ lenses are a perennially popular choice for productions, especially those looking to maximise the majesty … Read more

Dick Pope BSC / Supernova

LOVE AND LOSS Dick Pope BSC / Supernova LOVE AND LOSS Dick Pope BSC / Supernova BY: Zoe Mutter Writer/director Harry Macqueen’s second feature Supernova explores love, loss and the heartbreak of coping with a terminal illness that is cruelly causing cherished memories to fade. Supernova tells the powerful love story of partners of 20 … Read more

Cinematographer Declan Quinn brings decades of Cooke lens experience to A Suitable Boy with S4/i Primes

When it came time to select lenses for the Lookout Point’s six-episode series of Vikram Seth’s bestselling novel A Suitable Boy, DP Declan Quinn knew exactly what he wanted: Cooke Optics’ flagship spherical S4/i primes. Produced to  extremely high production standards and directed by Indian-American filmmaker Mira Nair, A Suitable Boy tells the story of … Read more

Netflix’s Spanish original The Mess You Leave Behind shot with Cooke S7/i Full Frame Plus lenses

The pressure is on: film director Carlos Montero writes the novel, The Mess You Leave Behind, imagining every scene and character as he writes, and not too far in time after that, he calls cinematographer Isaac Vila to let him know that the project will be taken to the screen and shaped into an eight-episode … Read more

Camerimage Silver Frog winner DP Rauno Ronkainen’s technical breakdown of Helene

New on the #shotoncooke curated motion gallery is Camerimage main competition Silver Frog winner, director of photography Rauno Ronkainen, with a selected sequence, technical breakdown and testimonial from Ronkainen on the feature film Helene. Helene is is a story about the life of famous Finnish painter Helene Schjerfbeck (who lived between 1862 – 1946). The … Read more

Cooke Panchro/i Classic brings vintage look to Fugitive Dreams

For cinematographer Peter Simonite, ASC, CSC lensing the drama Fugitive Dreams meant needing a vintage look — but a look that was also consistent between lenses. To accomplish this, he chose the Cooke Optics Panchro/i Classic to give director and writer Jason Neulander the exact look he wanted for the film. Fugitive Dreams, based on … Read more

Cooke Panchro/i Classic lenses bring The Chosen to life

Cinematographer Akis Konstantakopoulos GSC mixed natural lighting, handheld camera work and Cooke Panchro/i Classic Prime lenses to bring a natural and informal dimension to The Chosen, a multi-season TV show charting the life of Jesus Christ. “If you normally find Bible projects boring or unrelatable, like I do, this will feel different. And I like … Read more

Book your ticket for Cooke Optics’ ‘DOP Roulette’ event at Camerimage

Cooke Optics brings an element of showbiz to virtual Camerimage 2020 by finishing the festival week with a studio-based experiential event called DOP Roulette. Book a ticket for the event at 6-8pm GMT/7-9pm CST on Friday 20th November and you will meet croupier host, comic actor and impressionist Anil Desai in the Cooke Virtual Casino. … Read more

Cooke Optics’ S7/i full frame plus primes help awaken emotions in I Still Breathe

Following the lift of the first lockdown in London caused by the Covid-19 outbreak in early July, cinematographer Matteo Bangrazi and filmmaker Alfred George Bailey immediately jumped on set with the rest of the team to film I Still Breathe. Relying on Cooke Optics’ S7/i series of lenses for full frame capture on an ARRI … Read more

Cooke Optics announces new chairman and CEO

As Cooke Optics chairman, Les Zellan, steps down from the company, and CEO, Robert Howard, retires, Tim Pugh takes over as CEO, while Kees van Oostrum ASC NSC SBC AIC, currently a Cooke Optics board member, becomes non-executive chairman. Cooke, which is among the oldest lens brands to have continuously served the motion picture industry … Read more

Cooke Lens Systems depict different worlds for David Makes Man and The Perfection

David Makes Man is the first TV series written by Tarell Alvin McCraney, who won an Academy Award for co-writing the 2017 Best Picture winner Moonlight based on his play, “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue”. McCraney, serving as the series executive producer along with Michael B. Jordan and Oprah Winfrey, tells a semi-autobiographical story … Read more

Cooke Optics launches Anamorphic/i Full Frame Plus range at IBC 2018

Cooke Optics will add further depth and character to its acclaimed Cooke Anamorphic/i lens family at IBC 2018, when it presents the 50mm focal length of the new Anamorphic/i Full Frame Plus range. This addition to the Anamorphic/i range has been designed to meet the growing appetite for large format production, while applying the popular … Read more

April 2018:
Connecting with tech at NAB

Connecting with tech at NAB Across The Pond / Mark London Williams Connecting with tech at NAB Across The Pond / Mark London Williams As NAB 2018 wraps up, the show, with its multiple layers, programming tracks, and exhibit halls, seems like the “elephant” in the tale of the blind men and the pachyderm: Feeling … Read more